10 Reasons to Invest in Ekurhuleni
Aerotropolis CityEkurhuleni Aerotropolis is an urban development concept in which the region’s layout, infrastructure and economy has an airport at its core. In principle, it resembles a traditional metropolis with its central city area and commuter links to a variety of suburban developments. The key difference of the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis compared with a metropolis, is its dynamic links to global markets. The Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis creates unique investment opportunities for:
- Property developers
- Industrial and agricultural investors
- Just-in-time logistics companies, warehousing and cool chain storage
- Research and development
- Bio-Life products, pharmaceuticals, health care services and training
Manufacturing HubEkurhuleni is an important industrial and logistical centre within the Gauteng City Region. As such, the industrial and commercial base of the municipal area plays a decisive role within the provincial space-economy. The CoE boasts well-developed commercial and industrial value chains, which offers a myriad of attractive development opportunities to domestic and foreign investors. These investment opportunities are further unlocked by world-class freight logistics and transport infrastructure. Most of manufacturing and industrial activities in Ekurhuleni happens around the OR Tambo International Airport. The area known as the ‘industrial triangle’ is enclosed by the R21, R24 and N12 highways. The area houses various industrial complexes such as JetPark, Isando and Spartan. The area is characterised by a range of light and heavy manufacturing activities. The manufacturing sector is a major contributor to the local economy and employment.
Contribution to The GDP
The City of Ekurhuleni is strategically positioned in the Centre of Gauteng, South Africa’s industrial heart. City of Ekurhuleni as a key player contributes close to a quarter (23.3%) and close to a tenth (8.1%) to provincial and national GVA output. In terms of employment, the City contributes 25% to the provincial and 8.3% to the national total employment. The City is characterized by key economic activities such as manufacturing, farming, transport and logistics, which play a critical role in the overall GDP of the Country.
Businesses operating within the City of Ekurhuleni enjoy a competitive advantage of being able to establish mutually-beneficiary relationships with multi-national corporations around the City. They are able to form relationships with competitors, suppliers and distributors as they are able to cut costs by outsourcing functions which are not their key capabilities or area of specialization and sometimes be able to benefit from each other’s processes such as distribution or packaging.